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Claytonia perfoliata

Winter purslane

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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (141102)

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Winter purslane is sometimes called miner's lettuce. It has heart-shaped, slightly succulent leaves, which have a mild flavour. They are used raw in salads, along with the flowering shoots. It does self-seed rapidly and can be invasive but the seedlings are shallow rooted and easily removed. The main sowing is in late summer for an autumn to early winter harvest, but it can be sown in spring for a summer crop.

Family: Portulacaceae

Genus: Claytonia

Species: perfoliata

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant seeds: April to August

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